Traditionally, the flattened back of the babouche is the evolution of a practical lifestyle design consideration resulting from the need to remove one's shoes for prayer five times a day. This is the style worn all across Morocco.
Yellow pointed toe babouches are a traditional color and style for city dwellers, while rounded toe babouches are often more common among Berbers in rural locations. While yellow is a common color for men, women frequently choose embroidered patterns.
As with all Moroccan and Berber hand crafted artisan objects, protective symbolism, or baraka, are incorporated into the design of footwear. Different parts of the body are considered easy entry points for evil jnun, or spirits, and the origin of the word genie, and feet are considered vulnerable to attack. Embroidered motifs and the incorporation of protective and talismanic stones, are used to ward off the evil eye and other misfortune.